The Maryland and Virginia women's soccer teams were each granted a berth in the NCAA tournament when the 48-team field was announced last night.
No. 11 Virginia (12-8) is one of 16 teams that earned a first-round bye in the tournament and will play the winner of a first-round match between Pennsylvania and James Madison.
Maryland (10-9-1) hosts Long Island University (11-8-2), the Northeast Conference champions, in a first-round game Wednesday at 7 p.m. If the Terrapins win, they will face sixth-seeded Penn State (18-3-1) in the second round Sunday at noon.
"It's as good a draw as we could have hoped," Maryland Coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski said. "We've had a rough year. We started off slowly, but we got some huge wins. We're looking forward to starting a second season."
Long Island, in its third year of existence, won a play-in game against Texas State Saturday to earn a bid.
The national semifinals, called the Women's College Cup, will be held Dec. 3 and 5 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. . . .
Colgate (10-7-2) won its sixth straight Patriot League championship, defeating Navy, 2-0, in Hamilton, N.Y. Navy (14-8) lost to the Red Raiders, 1-0, in last year's league final.
MEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette's Jake Ross intercepted a pass from a Navy defender to goalkeeper Brian Steckroth and scored to give the Leopards a 1-0, double-overtime victory over the Midshipmen in the Patriot League title game in Worcester, Mass.
"It was a great game," said Navy Coach Greg Myers. "We were just unlucky with that one pass."
The Midshipmen end the season 11-5-2, after winning seven straight games and nine of their last 10. Navy's second-place league finish was its highest since 1991. . . .
UMBC sophomore P.J. Wakefield, who entered the Northeast Conference championship match against Mount St. Mary's (11-7-2) a minute earlier, scored the game-winner in the 79th minute at UMBC, lifting the No. 11 Retrievers to a 2-1 victory and their first NEC title.
The first goal came in the 22nd minute from Mount St. Mary's Simon Hodkin off a low cross from Marty Stiteler. UMBC's Pat Halter (Mount Hebron), named the tournament MVP, evened the score early in the second half, banging a cross from Ty Engram past goalkeeper Rob Ray.
Next weekend, UMBC (19-0-1) will play Lafayette to vie for an NCAA tournament berth.
FIELD HOCKEY: Carla Tagliente scored in double overtime to give Maryland a 2-1 victory over Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey final in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was Maryland's third ACC title.
Keli Smith notched Maryland's first goal in the game's opening minute, firing a pass from teammate Caroline Walter past Wake Forest goalkeeper Meaghan Nitka. Wake Forest's only goal came in the 27th minute from Amy Marchell.